30 Jun 2008 |
Posted by Lama Surya Das | 3 Comments.
So — SOS! Stop meditating.
On a more serious note:
Ultimately you must be a light unto yourself, as Buddha said, and make and experience your own choices.
Solitary spiritually-focused time is much rarer these days than professional work or creative arts time, and should not be easily let slip by or taken for granted. It is transformation and enlightenment that counts, not the actions themselves. Rocks and frogs too sit all day, but who knows what they are accomplishing, spiritually speaking.
Time is of the essence. Time is life — what else is there? Quality time is the thing, not just quantity. As Buddha said: One moment of true (nirvanic) peace is better than a life lived one hundred years. And one word that brings such authentic peace is far better than a thousand words which simply stir up emotions and ideas.
Stillness and calm is not the ultimate state of mind, but is a good place to start and try to develop. Yet don’t mistake mere silence or quiescent stillness for inner peace and contentment, which is beyond the polarities and dichotomies of noise and quiet, stillness and movement, action and inaction, etc. The Great Peace of awakened awareness-wisdom when realized is available amidst and activity, at any decibel level, anywhere and anytime… It’s beyond any of us yet immanent in each of us and in every moment, every place, every finite thing. The whole may move and change is the law, yet mysteriously enough each part is as if totally still.
Creativity and imagination may very well be part of the spiritual life, and need not be suppressed; rather, it can be channeled constructively and integrated into the entire dance of being. For example, writing and teaching are both part of my practice. Yet I am someone who has probably logged as many hours of contemplative TUSH ON THE CUSH in this life as any American and like to meditate every morning as well as outdoors in nature during the day.
Lightening up while enlightening up, Buddhas have more fun. Ya’ just can’t believe whatever you think, Buddha’s not pretending. Practice is perfect. Live to love and learn to love. The heart is an organ of perception.
Have you serious seekers and existential questers ever unleashed your inner genie and tried Laughing Meditation? Graveyard Walking and Tombstone Reflecting? Music Listening? Film Meditation and Cinema Samadhi? Lucid Dreaming? Relational Mindfulness? Nature Merging? All these are part for the essential practices of American Dharma, I truly believe. (I’m not joking.)
Our greater altruistic mission and meaningful purpose is dedicating ourselves to the future through the present. This is where Buddhist awareness and the practice of nowness comes in handy.
I like to remember what Tony Blair said at Davos Economic Summit in spring: Idealism is the new realism, given our currently increasing understanding of interdependence and interconnectedness.
Why become a mere Buddhist when you can become a Buddha?
Or as we say in Texas: Remember the Bodhi Tree!
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